How to Sync Your Mac computer calendar with your iPhone/iPad

My husband uses iCal on his iMac for all of his calendars.  As I’ve mentioned before, I use Google calendars.  This “how to” is step 2 in a three step process that will eventually allow you to sync Mac and/or Google calendars together across multiple Macs,  iPhones and  iPads.  In my own situation, that means once it’s all set up, my husband has no excuse for not knowing my schedule and vice versa!

Apple makes this so easy with iCloud.  You can create an iCloud account with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 5 or later, or on a Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.2 or later.  These instructions will be for the iPhone/iPad/iTouch.

  1. Double check your version of iOS by touching Settings, then General, then About.  Scroll down to Version.  Any number 5.0 or higher will do, but if you don’t have Version 6.0, go back one screen and click Software Update.
  2. If you do not have an iCloud account, follow these simple instructions from Dummies.com (just overlook the title that it’s for seniors!).  I do recommend that you use the same Apple ID for your iCloud account as you use for iTunes,
  3. Once you’ve signed in, you should end up with a screen similar to this with lots of choices to turn On or Off.  For now, I recommend having Calendars and Find My iPhone ON and everything else OFF.  (If you don’t like the idea of Find My iPhone, leave it off for now.  I’ll be explaining that in a future post.)
  4. Now go to your Mac and click the   in the top left corner.
  5. Click System Preferences.
  6. Click iCloud.  Check Calendars & Reminders unless it’s already checked.  You may see this pop up screen:
  7. If you see the pop up question Click Merge.
  8. Click the upper left red circle to close iCloud settings.
  9. Open iCal (or Calendar if you have Mountain Lion OS) from your Dock or Applications.

Congratulations!  Now your Mac’s calendar is synchronized with your iPhone and iPad.  Next time I’ll show you how to synchronize Google calendars with Mac calendars across all your devices!

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